Throughout their careers, filmmakers Noel Dockstader and Quinn Kanaly have pursued and shared stories about science, exploration and the environment. In 2015, they caught wind of what may have been the most ambitious project either had ever heard of: Solar Impulse, an aircraft powered only by the sun, that pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg planned to build and fly around the world.
Kanaly and Dockstader spent nearly a year chronicling the ground-breaking adventure in their film Point of No Return—and in the process, documenting a great leap forward in the quest to uncover solutions to the problems posed by climate change.
In recognition of their critical work, Bank of America provided a $50,000 grant to Dockstader and Kanaly. The filmmakers will use the funds to power a STEM-focused classroom curriculum rooted in the collaborative, innovative work Solar Impulse represents.
Here, Dockstader and Kanaly discuss the implications of the historic flight, what they learned about innovation, and the impact Solar Impulse is already having around the globe.